Local Scholarships

Local Scholarships

Organizations and clubs commonly update and publicize their scholarships in late winter or early spring each year. The deadlines for applications are often in February, March and April so that winners can be selected and scholarships awarded before the end of the school year. For any changes to the information below, or updates, contact the organizations offering the scholarships. Often, the scholarships' amounts and deadlines will vary each year. This site does not include scholarships that are national, offered through one's high school, through the colleges themselves, or the State of Ohio, all of which are valuable places to look for funding.

AAUW of Medina County Scholarship Fund

Established by the American Association of University Women of Medina County to award scholarships to nontraditional female students. A "nontraditional" student is a woman whose undergraduate education has been interrupted or delayed. Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded. For more information, contact Cheri Ingraham at 330-723-3355.

Eligibility requirements:
At least 25 years old
Resident of Medina County
Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university.

Application deadline: April 20, 2018

Information and application available at www.akroncf.org/students

Berea Business & Professional Women

$1,000 Jeanne Squire Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship for female applicants 25 years or older by December 31, 2017.

Consideration for the Jeanne Squire Memorial Scholarship will be given to recipients who meet the following qualifications:

  • A resident of Cuyahoga, Lorain, or Medina Counties
  • Seeking entry or re-entry into the workforce
  • Pursuing a 2 year Associate Degree or 4 year Bachelor degree at a North Central Ohio ACCREDITED College or University (first time degrees)
  • Demonstrated financial need

Applications for the 2018 scholarship will begin to be accepted on January 1st, 2018. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 to be considered.

$500 License/Certificate Scholarship

Scholarship for female applicants 21 years or older by December 31, 2017.

Consideration for this License/Certificate Scholarship will be given to recipients who meet the following qualifications:

  • A resident of Cuyahoga, Lorain, or Medina Counties
  • Seeking entry or re-entry into the workforce
  • Pursuing a 2 year Associate Degree or 4 year Bachelor degree at a North Central Ohio ACCREDITED College or University (first time degrees)
  • Demonstrated financial need

Applications for the 2018 scholarship will begin to be accepted on January 1st, 2018. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 to be considered.

For more scholarship details and application:

Birthcare of Medina County

Birthcare Scholarship

You must be a client or client spouse of Birthcare within the current year.

You must hold a GED or high school diploma.

You must be a current resident of Medina County

Application forms are available in the Birthcare office beginning in January of each year, 620 E. Smith Road, Unit E-5A, Medina, or at www.birthcaremedina.org. Awards of at least $500 are given to applicants each year who meet the above criteria and are recommended for the award by the scholarship committee.

Deadline: Monday June 25, 2018

Applications and information: birthcaremedina.org

College Club West

Tuition grants "up to $2000 or more", offered to women whose official home residence is within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina and Lorain counties. They must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 years of age and older based on financial need, goals and academic records.

For information and application materials: www.collegeclubwest.org

Deadline: March 18, 2017

College Now Adult Learner Program

College Now provides scholarship opportunities to adult students age 19 and above who have interrupted their education for one year or more. Open to residents of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit or Trumbull Counties.

Application deadline: April 15, 2018

For full information, eligibility and online application: www.collegenowgc.org

Delta Kappa Gamma - Medina County Chapter

This women's international education honorary society will award grants-in-aid to women college students majoring in education in the 2016-2017 school year. Students must be in their junior or senior year. Funds will be awarded for $500 or more. Applicants must be residents of Medina County. Forms must be filed by May 1, and will be available at local college and university offices .Call 330 725-6443 or email nsprowls@zoominternet.net to request that an application be sent.

Friends of Brunswick Library

The Friends of Brunswick Library are offering a $500 Scholarship to "any student whose residence or employment is within the bounds of Brunswick Schools and who intends to pursue a master's degree in library science". The applicant must be a graduate with a four-year degree and be accepted into an accredited Master of Library Science program for the current academic period. Applications will be judged on academic credentials, financial need and professional goals.

For more scholarship details and application:
Contact Nancy Ullman at 330 225-7699

Hinckley Women's Club Scholarships

The Hinckley Women’s Club is offering two (2) scholarships to eligible Hinckley residents for the fall of 2018. The scholarships, worth $1,000.00 each, can be used for books or tuition and will be presented to the recipients at the April 19, 2018 Hinckley Women’s Club meeting. The scholarship is open only to Hinckley residents currently pursuing a post high school training program, or to any resident planning to do so in the fall. Post high school training includes business school, technical school or college/university study.


Deadline: March 15, 2018

John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund

The John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund Inc. annually awards scholarships to college journalism, public relations and communications students, with preference given to students from Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne counties.

This year, five students each will be awarded a $5,000 Knight scholarship. One will win a $5,000 Sauvageot public relations scholarship. Another student will receive $5,000 scholarship sponsored directly by the Akron Press Club.

Scholarship guidelines are as follows: 1. The applicant must be active in any facet of journalism and/or public relations. Applicants must be in good academic standing at a college or university. 2. The applicant should be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. 3. Financial need will be considered. 4. Previous John S. Knight or Ludel Sauvageot Scholarship winners will be considered. These are guidelines only, and are not intended to limit the discretion of the fund.

Applications can be downloaded from the Internet: http://www.ohio.com/jskscholarship. Applications should be postmarked by March 2, 2018, and mailed to: John S. Knight Scholarship Committee Attn: Mark Turner Akron Beacon Journal 44 East Exchange Street P. O. Box 640 Akron, Ohio 44309-0640.

The Junior League of Cleveland

Awards of up to $5000. Applicant must be a non-traditional student, a woman not going directly to a four-year college immediately after high school graduation. Scholarship funds are available to assist with the cost of accredited instructional programs and/or workforce training programs. Applicant’s permanent residence must be in one of these Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina or Trumbull.
Further information and application at https://www.jlcleveland.org/
Deadline: March 5, 2018

Lodi Community Hospital

Lodi Community Hospital Health Career Scholarship Application

Lodi Community Hospital and its Medical Staff offer eight $1,000 health career scholarships to local area students. The scholarships are available to (1) female and (1) male graduating high school senior per school from each of the following school districts: Black River, Buckeye, Cloverleaf and Northwestern. The graduating senior must be pursuing a career in any medical field at a four-year college or university.

Application deadline: April 1, 2018

For more scholarship details and applications:
www.akrongeneral.org Search term: scholarship
or call Lodi Community Hospital Administration at 330-948-5501.

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Scholarship

College, vocational or technical school scholarship of $2,500. First place will be given for both a boys and girls division as well as runners-up in each division which will receive $1,500 scholarships. The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors whose parents/guardians are members of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative and receiving electric at their primary residence from the Cooperative. The applications must have at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or better.

Application deadline: January 19, 2018

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
22898 West Road
Wellington, OH 44090

For more scholarship details and applications:

MC Chamber Charities High School Student Scholarship

Two $500 Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the Brunswick, Buckeye, or Highland school districts. Students at Medina County Career Center are also eligible to apply if their home school is one of these noted districts. Deadline May 1st.

Details and application: http://nmccalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Traditional-HS-MC-Chamber-Charities-Scholarships.pdf

Medina County Art League Continuing Art Education Scholarship Awards

$1000 - First Place

$700 - Second Place

$550 - Third Place

$350 - Honorable Mention

$200 - Steinmetz Award

Eligibility: All Medina County graduating seniors who are continuing their art education in college (as a major or a minor) following graduation. Portfolio required.

Application deadline: March 5, 2018 between 3:00 - 5:00 pm to turn in portfolio, application, and copy of college acceptance letter.

For more scholarship details and applications:

Medina County Arts Council Scholarship

The amount of the scholarship shall be a one-time amount $1000 to be used toward tuition, books, or other school fees. Eligibility: all Medina County graduating seniors who have been actively involved in the arts during high school and are continuing their education at a technical school, two-year, or four-year institution.

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., February 28, 2018.


Medina County Auditor

Career Tech Scholarship

The Medina County Auditor's Office Career Tech Scholarship shall be awarded to a senior graduating from a career technical program of the Medina Career Center, Wadsworth High School, or a Medina County home schooler planning on further education in a career tech field.

The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of sincerity in furthering one's education, grades, student citizenship, and school/community involvement. Financial need will also be considered. Three students shall receive scholarships.

The amount of the scholarship shall be $500 to be used toward tuition, books or other school expenses. The money shall be paid directly to the student at the conclusion of their senior year when proof of acceptance and enrollment have been verified by the selection committee.

The scholarship must be used during the school year immediately following the award.

A transcript from the school must be provided with the application.

Career Tech Scholarship application

Citizenship Scholarship

The County Auditor also offers another scholarship just for Brunswick High students, called the Citizenship Scholarship. It is a $500 scholarship to a Brunswick High School senior with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The student must reside in the Brunswick City School District and plan on attending a two- or four-year degree program from an accredited community, state or private college or university. The winning senior must complete an application form and write an essay on the following topic: : "Tell us about an issue or event that caused you to contemplate injustice or unfairness in your world."

Citizenship Scholarship application

For more information, call 844-722-3800, ext. 9756. The deadline for submitting is April 6, 2018.

Medina County Bar Association Law Day Scholarship

The Medina County Bar Association has announced its 2018 Law Day Scholarship Contest. A $5000 one-time scholarship is available to one high school senior, residing in Medina County, Ohio who writes an outstanding essay on the theme of “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

Deadline: 4pm, April 1, 2018

Application and information available here:

Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities

4691 Windfall Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
330 725-7751

Donor Scholarship
One $1000 scholarship each year.
Applicants must be current high school seniors, accepted into an accredited program in a field providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities (i.e. special education, physical therapy, behavioral sciences, speech therapy, etc.). Further requirements and criteria apply and are listed in the application at the web site: www.mcbdd.org

The deadline for the 2018 applications is 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018. For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at 330-725-7751, ext. 273.

MCBDD Continuing Education Scholarship
The Medina County Board of DD offers this scholarship to previous recipients of the Donor Scholarship/Marion Stroud Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was created to continue support young persons who are continuing to pursuing a career which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

2018 Deadline - The deadline for the 2018 scholarship applications is 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Medina County Farm Bureau Scholarship

The Medina County Farm Bureau Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance for those citizens of Medina County who desire to further their education beyond high school level in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Farm Economics, Animal Husbandry, Soil & Water Conservation or Forestry. Applications from students of member families who are pursuing other fields of study will be considered also, but priority will be given to the listed fields. One Scholarship of $2,000.00; one scholarship of $1,500.00; three scholarships of $1,000.00 each; and two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of Medina County or a Medina County Farm Bureau member/dependent at the time of application.
  2. Have graduated from an accredited high school or be in their senior year.
  3. Plan to further their education in one of the fields listed above.


Medina County Farm Bureau
377 West Liberty Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

For more scholarship details and applications:
Call the office at 330-263-7456 or e-mail your request at wcfb@sssnet.com. The forms must be filled out and returned to the county office by April 1 most years.

Medina County Federal Credit Union - Multiple Scholarships

Deadline for these scholarships: 3/16/2018

Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship

$1000 for high school seniors (12th grade status).

Medina County Federal Credit Union Memorial Scholarship

$1000 for full-time students attending an institution of higher learning (college, trade school, etc.)

For more scholarship details and applications: www.mcfcu.com

Medina County Hibernian Scholarship Award

Two $1000 scholarships, one to a girl and one to a boy, who are currently enrolled as a high school seniors and are residents of Medina County and who will be attending a higher-education facility. Essay required.

Deadline in the past has been mid-February.

Applications available in guidance counselors' offices.

Medina County Retired Teachers Association (MCRTA)

For graduates of Medina County, Ohio high schools who are majoring in education and will be a junior or senior in college.
Deadline: May 01, annually
More details: medinacrta.weebly.com

Inquires/replies: Medina County Retired Teachers Association (MCRTA)
Kay Rasor
2235 Osage Trail
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281-8475
330 336-1703

Medina County Schools' Educational Service Center - Multiple Scholarships

Medina County Schools' Educational Service Center
124 West Washington Street
Medina OH 44256
Phone: 330 723-6393 Fax: 330 723-0573


The following scholarships are available through the Educational Service Center of Medina County office:

Peter & Mary Galassi Scholarship & The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award
All Medina County Public Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 21, 2018

Delmar Graff Scholarship
All Medina County Public Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 21, 2018

Clearence H. Horn Scholarship
All Medina County Public Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 21, 2018

Margaret L. and Paige D. Myers Scholarship
All Medina County Public and Private Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 21, 2018

Harold A. and Louise C. White Scholarship
Medina County Local Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 21, 2018

Medina County Show Biz Company

Two $500 scholarships for two graduating seniors residing in Medina County and/or graduating from any Medina County high school, including home-schooled students, who are active in Medina County Show Biz Company, their respective high school, and/or community events, in any aspect of the performing arts. These would include but not be limited to art, dance, music, vocal, performing, technical theater, set design, makeup, costuming, lighting, sound, etc. For more information, go to www.medinashowbiz.org.

Deadline is March 31, 2018.

General contact information:
Medina County Show Biz Com.
P.O. Box 814
Medina, OH 44258-0814

Medina General Hospital - Multiple Scholarships

Medina General Hospital
1000 E. Washington St.
Medina, Ohio 44256-2170

Medina Hospital, the Hospital Foundation and the Medina Hospital Medical Staff assist students interested in a medical career through one of four scholarship programs made available for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. While eligibility details for each scholarship vary, general requirements include that the applicant must be a graduate of one of the seven Medina County school districts and are pursuing a healthcare career field of study. Students who are thinking of becoming doctors, nurses or members of allied health professions are encouraged to apply.

The four scholarships; the Jean Myers/Gift Gallery, Medina Hospital and Hospital Foundation, Medical Staff and Bill and Ruth Kelly, scholarships range from $1,000 - $2,500 and all scholarships are currently closed. Check for applications are available online or at the Medina Hospital main lobby information desk beginning January 2019. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/locations_directions/Regional-Locations/medina-hospital/news-events

National Association of Legal Secretaries of Northeast Ohio

NALS, an association for legal professionals offers a one-time scholarship of $4000 to a qualified student who is interested a pursuing a career in the legal field. The second place award will be $2000. Information and application are available at http://www.nalsofneo.org.

Deadline for 2017 is March 31, 2018.

The Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools

Over 200 scholarship opportunities ranging from $1000 to $11,750 at participating career colleges and schools. The primary objective of these scholarships is to provide students with the education and training necessary to obtain a job in an Ohio business or industry. Must be an Ohio high school senior graduating from any Ohio high school by June, 2018. You need a "C" average or better to apply. Students do not have to demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be nominated by a local civic or community leader or by a current member of the Ohio Legislature.

Application deadline: April 7, 2018

Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools
2109 Stella Ct, Suite 125
Columbus, OH 43215
Mailing Address:
PO Box 163723
Columbus OH 43216
Phone: 614-487-8180
Fax: 614 487-8190

For more scholarship details and application:

Ohio Education Association

Marilyn Cross Scholarship

The $2,000 scholarship is presented each year to an OEA member and career teacher enrolled in a graduate-level program directly linked to his/her current area of certification/licensure, and must demonstrate a need of financial assistance and a reasonable prediction of success in graduate work

Application deadline: January 19, 2018.

OEA Headquarters
225 East Broad Street
P.O. Box 2550
Columbus, Ohio 43216
Main Phone Number: 614-228-4526

Ohio Township Association

Three $1500 scholarships for high school seniors. Student must live in one of Ohio's 1,308 townships. Scholarships are offered in two categories: Academic Achievement (one scholarship) and Local Government Achievement (two scholarships).

Application deadline: February 12, 2018

Ohio Township Association
6500 Taylor Road, Suite A
Blacklick, OH 43004-8570
Phone: 614-863-0045
(This is not the address to which the application is mailed.)

For more scholarship details and application:

Sharon Women’s Club

Betty J. Osborn $1000 Scholarship

Eligibility: current college students and high school seniors (male or female) bound for college or technical/vocational schools who are residents of Sharon Township.

Applications found at: www.sharontwp.org/special-announcements.

Completed applications must be received at:
P.O. Box 45
Sharon Center, OH 44274
Deadline: April 17, 2018

Society for Handicapped Citizens

4283 Paradise Road
Seville, Ohio 44273

H.O.P.E. Scholarship
SHC members, or an unmarried child or grandchild of a member who is working toward a degree in a disability-related field can apply for the H.O.P.E Scholarship. The scholarship committee awards up to two scholarships each year through the SHC Endowment Fund. The scholarships for 2018 will be in the amount of $1,000. This is a one year, non-renewable scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a disability-related field.
Deadline is Friday, March 31, 2018
Forms are available by calling 330-722-1900 ext. 100 or at the website: www.shc-medina.org.

The Sharon and Kristine Dunham Scholarship
Non-traditional students who are seeking a degree in any area of study may apply for the Sharon and Kristine Dunham Scholarship. . The scholarship committee awards one, $1,000 scholarship each year. This is a one year, non-renewable scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and meet the application criteria for a non-traditional student. Ideally the applicant has connections to SHC either through work, family or community involvement.
Deadline is March 31, 2018
Forms are available by calling 330-722-1900 ext. 100 or at the website: www.shc-medina.org.

Stephen F. Joseph Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1000 annually, or more, for as long as funds are available to the students(s) who best meet the award criteria.

Selection criteria: Academic achievement, citizenship and community service, leadership, 4-H involvement.

Applicant must be a Medina County high school senior or college freshman. See website application below for further details.

Application deadline: April 15

For more scholarship details and applications:

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital - Multiple Scholarships

Evangeline Witzeman Nursing Scholarships
Two scholarships of up to $1000 each for area nursing students. Four scholarships of up to $1000 in the allied health field (further details regarding qualifying fields from sponsor) Subject to availability of funds.

To be eligible to apply, one must:

  • Be a resident in the Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital service area, which includes Copley, Creston, Doylestown, Marshallville, Norton, Rittman, Seville, Sharon Center, Smithville, Spencer, Sterling, Wadsworth and Westfield Center, or an employee of Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
  • Be officially accepted into an accredited nursing or allied health program
  • Be able to show scholastic ability to maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of the program.

Application deadline: mid-June (the date may vary annually)

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital

For more scholarship details and applications:
Call Marketing Communication at 330 331-1582 or 1-800 828-1789, extension 1583.